A Duncan family is desperate for clues, following the disappearance of a beloved man with special needs who hasn’t been heard or seen from since February 10th.
Everett Jones lives with his parents and kept a strict daily schedule that he never veered from. The friendly man was just a few minutes walk from home when he vanished.
“A big part of me is missing and that’s Everett,” says Myra Charlie.
At 47, Everett Jones is still the apple of his mother’s eye.
“Very gentle, friendly,” is how she describes her now grown son.
Born with cognitive disabilities that made him unable to live alone, he lived here with her and loved caring for his bird.
“Everett taught it how to say pretty bird,” she says smiling.
So his disappearance February 10th, when he failed to return home from his daily walking route that he did every day just the same way,
“He was like clockwork. They knew what time he was walking by, going to his coffee shop,” says his brother Eric Jones.
Has left his community mystified.
“We do follow up tips on a regular basis. That’s why it’s an active file we work closely with search and rescue who have scoured the Cowichan Valley for any signs of where he might be,” says Sgt. Chris Swain of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP.
“Anything turn up? No not yet,” says Swain.
He was last seen on the corner of River Road and Allenby Road February 10th at 3 pm.
“Which is the way he would walk home,” says his mother Myra Charlie.
But he never got there. Extensive searches by RCMP helicopter, drone, and search and rescue volunteers have covered the area with eyes and ribbons left behind.
So his family is fearful of what’s happened to him.
“I don’t know what to think no more I just pray that he’s alright,” says Eric Jones.
RCMP continue to investigate.
“We have no indication yet on our investigation to indicate foul play if that’s what you mean. The family is obviously quite concerned because they’ve got a loved one that’s missing and we’re working with them and search and rescue to try and bring that person home,” says Sgt. Swain.
The reward for information leading to Everett Jones, was raised to $2000 Friday. So his mother will keep manning the phones at home as searchers and family comb the woods and river outside. But more than 40 days searching for even a clue to his disappearance has so far been unsuccessful.
“Everett always said Mom you can do it. He always said that to me so I keep going for my son,” says Myra Charlie.